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Old 06-27-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installing Win XP, FC4 and Mandriva on the same hard-disk

I had Win XP and FC4 on my system and decided to go for a third.. Mandriva on it..But once I installed Mandriva it could'nt detect FC4.
Plz help me go about this problem I've important data in the FC4 partition...
Old 06-27-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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I am not 100% sure how fc4 works, but it most likely installs a boot partition. There are 2 possibilities. A Mandriva wrote over the partition (unlikely unless you told it to), B it created its own boot partition an then changed the MBR to point at that. If that is the case then you should still be able to add the kernel from the first boot partition to the second. To do this I need to see what your partitioning scheme is. Did FC4 use grub or lilo? what about mandriva. Additionally, did fc4 use LVM? Anything you can tell me is good. Just so you know your data on the fc4 partition will most likely be accessable from mandriva whether you get fc4 booting or not. I don't know about mandriva support for lvm, you might want to look that up assuming fc4 using it.
Old 06-27-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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Mandrive took over as the master booter (made that term up). You will have to boot into mandriva, then mount the volume that has the /boot directory for fedora core. First login to a console (alt-f2 -> konsole if using KDE). I'll make a rather broad assuption that /dev/hda1 is XP, /dev/hda2 is fedora core, /dev/hda3 is swap, and /dev/hda4. You'll have to verify that.

user@comp> su -
password: *********
root@comp# mkdir -p /mnt/fc4_root
root@comp# mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/fc4_root
root@comp# less /mnt/fc4_root/boot/grub/menu.lst

now look at the title for the main fc boot (this is a slightly edited Kubuntu, but should be close). Now we want to make note of the path to which kernel you want to boot off of.

title           Fedora Core 4
root            (hd0,1)
kernel          /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-fc4 root=/dev/hda2 ro quiet splash
initrd          /boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-fc4
Now we will edit the Mandriva /etc/lilo.conf. Substitute vi for you favorite text editor (kwrite, gedit, pico, emacs...)

root@comp# vi /etc/lilo.conf

insert the following at the end of the:
	label=Fedora Core 4
Now just run lilo to re-write MBR with new boots.

root@comp# lilo
Windows XP
Fedora Core 4

Hopefully everything goes smoothly. There is a gui in drakconf, but I find the command line easier to explain.

Old 06-28-2006, 03:14 PM   #4
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If you are newbie and don't want to modify the lilo. Then go for acronis os selector(easy to setup). It will solve all of your problem. It can detect all os automatically.


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